Least favourite Chalet School books - results so far!
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#1: Least favourite Chalet School books - results so far! Author: Laura VLocation: Czech Republic PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:43 pm
    
Been thinking about this one for a while! What are your 5 least favourite Chalet titles (in no particular order)? The winning titles will be decided by the number of times they are voted for.

My votes go to:
Peggy
Rosalie
Mystery
Princess
Wins the Trick


Last edited by Laura V on Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:38 pm; edited 1 time in total

#2:  Author: KateLocation: Ireland PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:56 pm
    
Hmm. Tough one... I don't really dislike any of them, but these are the ones I get the least enjoyment out of:

Prefects
Althea
Summer Term
Island
Mystery

#3:  Author: MiaLocation: London PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:18 pm
    
Althea
Prefects
Redheads
Feud
Joey & Co in Tirol

#4:  Author: LesleyLocation: Allhallows, Kent PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:22 pm
    
Redheads
Summer Term
Prefects
Adrienne
Jane

#5:  Author: KatherineLocation: London, UK PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:29 pm
    
Hmm. Okay, at the moment my list looks like this.
Barbara - last time I read this I really found I had to plough through it.
Summer Term
Althea
Mystery
Coming of Age - Like Joey Goes, should have been better and I can't forgive it. I love all the reminiscing and this promised to do it but didn't, not for me anyway.

Joey Goes made it in there at first because it could have been so much better and stuggled to carry itself as a whole book.

Edited to change my mind.

#6:  Author: JennieLocation: Cambridgeshire PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:48 pm
    
Joey Goes
Coming of Age
Future
Mystery
Rosalie

#7:  Author: leahbelleLocation: Kilmarnock PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:12 pm
    
Prefects
Althea
Reunion
Two Sams
Summer Term

#8:  Author: Alison HLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:59 pm
    
(Provisionally!)

Wins The Trick
Redheads
Summer Term
Adrienne
Rosalie

#9:  Author: LollyLocation: Melbourne PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:48 pm
    
Prefects
Summer Term
Challenge
Leader

and last and most especially Tom

#10:  Author: pimLocation: Londinium PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:53 pm
    
In no particular order...

Wins the Trick
Barbara
Althea
Mystery
Peggy

#11:  Author: kimothyLocation: Glasgow PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:17 pm
    
i'll be coming back to update this... not having read many of the later swiss books im at a bit of a loss, but the books i really dont like- no matter how many times i read them are

new chalet school
wins the trick

and i'll have to come back to you with the others...

#12:  Author: claireMLocation: rotherham PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:22 pm
    
Rosalie
Wins the Trick
Summer Term
New Chalet School
Eustacia

I think.

#13:  Author: francesnLocation: away with the faeries PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:32 am
    
Tough question - there are lots that have niggly bits but I think...

Rosalie
Tom
Barbara
Coming of Age (cos it could have been soooo much better)
Redheads

#14:  Author: Loryat PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:41 pm
    
I haven't read a lot of the books but will try to think:

Coming of Age - like everyone else seems to have been, I was disappointed by this. Hugely.

Prefects - liked it okay as a kid, but found it quite boring when I recently re-read a transcript. Feel like was struggling for incidents to justify the Maynards' last term having two books. The 'Chapter of Accidents' is one of my least favourite ever sections of a CS book - nothing happens!

Mary-Lou - probably because I was always wild to read it, this was another one that, when I actually read it, disappointed.

Bride Leads - see above.

Shocks - I thought this was about the CS preparing to move to the Oberland (for some bizarre reason) so was disappointed when it wasn't. None of the shocks were very interesting IMO.

It's not that I disliked these books, just thatI was bored/disappointed with them.

#15:  Author: JoSLocation: South Africa PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:17 pm
    
Wins the Trick
Future
Prefects
Joey Goes
- have just finished it, having purchased it off Ebay and hate the constant reference to "brats" when referring to the Maynard children
Feud

#16:  Author: GabrielleLocation: Near Paris, France PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:17 am
    
Lets see

-Wins the Trick
-Challenge
- Feud
- Althea
- Prefects

#17:  Author: FatimaLocation: Sunny Qatar PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 12:34 pm
    
I forgot that I hadn't put in my twopennyworth here!

In no particular order:

Island
Feud
Lavender
Wrong
Peggy

I haven't re-read some of these for ages, so were I in a position to do a re-read of the whole bunch I wonder if they'd change. I never liked the books set outside Austria/Switzerland as Jo was my favourite character when I was first reading the books, followed by the triplets. The books between the Alpine locations did not appeal to me much at all, missing those heroines as they did!

#18:  Author: CatherineSLocation: Smalltown, West of Scotland PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:48 pm
    
Mine are (currently):

Coming of Age
Wins the Trick
Feud
Reunion
Prefects

Coming of Age, Reunion and Prefects possibly because I was just hoping for too much.

#19:  Author: PhilLocation: London UK PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:26 pm
    
Mary Lou (because of the title character and Margot apparently being blamed - severely - by association for something Emerence did)

Coming of Age (Plenty of promise here, falls flat on its face, Sybil is completely overshadowed by OOAO)

Barbara (I don't quite know the point of this book)

Prefects (I always felt Len was too soft as a Head girl. Her illustrious mother was very authoritarian and OOAO could certainly dish out some punishments to evildoers)

Jane (Jack Lambert's bullying is too realistic for me and even when Len catches her, she is not dealt with sufficiently. Then her sudden transformation into a caring person when she hears of the accident which has befallen jane's parents, doesn't seem realistic to me.)



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#20:  Author: Dreaming MarianneLocation: Second star to the right PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:01 pm
    
Oooh yes, Jane is pants! What really really really grated on me was EBD's very cliched perceptions of theatre life - it was so unrealistic and to be honest quite silly!

Ummm, Althea, definitely. Colourless, boring, really couldn't give too hoots about her.

Rosalie. Ditto. Did anyone else feel that Mrs Gay was a touch...I don't know..Lady Bountiful?

#21: Least Favourit Chalet school book Author: Fiona McLocation: Bendigo, Australia PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:46 am
    
Least favourite has to be The New Chalet school. That book nearly permanantly put me off reading the series altogether. It was the first one I read and I couldn't get into it at all. All the others have varied depending on how old I was when I read it.

#22:  Author: CazxLocation: London PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:00 pm
    
My 5 are:

Challenge
Prefects
Althea
Trials (I've only read the PB of this and I have heard that the HB is supposed to be better, but the fact that OOAOML feels that she has to make Naomi see the light or else really grates me as everyone is entitiled to their own opinion and should be accepted for it.)
Does it Again (Just could not get into this book.)

#23:  Author: TiffanyLocation: Is this a duck I see behind me? PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 11:31 am
    
Hmmmm.... difficult, cos I haven't read all of them, and I've read very few in hardback, and it seems unfair to judge the abridged ones against the real ones.

Might edit later when hae thought more...

Feud
Mystery
Rosalie
Changes
Kenya

#24:  Author: Imogen PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:29 am
    
Island
Carola
Problem
Wins the trick
Summer term

#25:  Author: WoofterLocation: Location? What's a location? PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:43 pm
    
hmmm probably

a rebel at the chalet school,
new mistress
genius,
prefect
and umm i dont know, is four ok? if its not just ignore my vote

#26:  Author: Laura VLocation: Czech Republic PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:37 pm
    
Here are the results so far!

12 votes
Prefects


9 votes
Trick

8 votes
Althea
Summer term


7 votes
Rosalie


6 votes
Mystery
Feud
Coming of Age


4 votes
Redheads
Barbara


3 votes
Peggy
Joey Goes
Challenge
New Chalet School
Island
Jane


2 votes
Reunion
Adrienne
Future
Tom
Mary-Lou


1 vote
Princess
Joey and Co in Tirol
Two Sams
Leader
Eustacia
Bride
Shocks
Lavender
Wrong
Trials
Does it again
Changes
Kenya
Carola
Problem
Rebel
New Mistress


Any views on the results?
Personally I am disappointed to see Summer Term so high on the list as it's one of my fave Swiss books Confused



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